The Great South Run Is Back!

The countdown to the Great South Run is on. Portsmouth’s much-loved running event returns to the city on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October, and this year it’s all about the comeback! 

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed weekend of running with the Great South 5k and Junior and Mini events kickstarting the celebrations on the Saturday. If you fancy pushing yourself that bit further, on Sunday the infamous 10-mile route makes a return with music and encouragement spurring you on the whole way.

The event is famous for its buzzing atmosphere, crowd support, and notorious music and entertainment zones.  To keep runners safe there will be covid secure measures in place, but the thrill of running through Portsmouth’s streets and the unbeatable feeling of crossing the seafront finish along Clarence Esplanade, will be even more special this year.

Renowned for being one of the most picturesque running routes around, 16,000 runners will line the start line in Southsea ready to take on the challenge along the stunning South Coast. The event showcases some of Portsmouth’s best bits, passing iconic landmarks including the remarkable Portsmouth Harbour, Spinnaker Tower and the historic Dockyard where runners pass HMS victory.

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but a shiny new medal, a snazzy finishers t-shirt and a finisher’s bag filled with goodies will await you at the end of the run. 

Find out more here:

Turbo Tuesday is back!

As the nights are drawing in we start to plan our winter schedule.

Turbo Tuesday will restart on Tuesday 5th October.

This is a coached indoor bike session on Zoom.

All are welcome to join the session – Indoor training is a great leveler – no one gets left behind.

It will develop your fitness and have some fun over the off season.

You will need:

Bike or similar with an indoor trainer

Internet connection to zoom ( with video capability

A device which you can see and hear me – headphones help.

A drink and a sweat towel.

Heart rate, power or other monitor is useful but not essential.

Some people also like music in their own homes – It doesn’t work across the link very well.

Some people have used Zwift or similar in the background to record their training – but again not necessary.

We will have the opportunity to use the RGT cycle training app for racing at times but as I will share my screen you don’t have to be able to connect yourself. See for details of what you might need and to have a go at setting up if you want to.

The club zoom meeting link will be shared on the Newsletter and Portsmouth Triathletes forum (it won’t be added to the website for security reasons).

The session will run every Tuesday from 5th October  

The session will run 7pm to 8pm but please join earlier to check your connection and set up and to send Jo Lovell by DM or email (below) the following:


Contact number:

Alternative contact in an emergency:

There will be stretching once the bike session has finished.

Any questions please email me at

Or contact me via the Facebook forum.

Looking forward to sweating with you,

Jo Lovell

The return of sea swimming!

Sat 9:00 am; Tues 6:00pm – starting Sat 24th July and Tues 27th July and running until November 2021

Meet at beach hut number 14, opposite the beachside “Coffee Cup” café, it’s just on the east side of where St  Georges Road meets the esplanade.

Subject to the Governments stage 4 lockdown rules going ahead as planned from the 19th July 2021, we are once again able to organise our famous sea swims down at Eastney Beach. This will give a massive boost to the club to finally be back together not only for a great swim but also for tea and cake!

For those that have never joined us before, we swim together as a group for safety, at Eastney beach, within the yellow buoys which mark the swimming area opposite St Georges Rd, near the pitch and putt golf course.

Our sessions are for club members and are not coached therefore anyone participating does so entirely at their own risk. You must always undertake your own assessment of the conditions before entering the water. The Portsmouth Triathletes club takes no responsibility for the safety or belongings of any person participating in our sea swimming sessions. The club does not provide a rescue service during the hosted sea swim sessions.

All swimmers are advised for their safety to remain within the boundary of the designated swim zone area which is marked by yellow bouys. The club kayak and beach patrol will only operate as far as the submarine blocks.

Family members aged under 16 may participate at the discretion of the Lead Officer but must be supervised at all times by a parent/responsible adult.

The first sea swim of 2021 will be held at 9:00am on Saturday 24th July. After then, regular swims will follow every Saturday, to be in the water by 9:00am at the latest, in order to avoid the Park Runners, and Tuesdays, meet 6:00pm to get in the water by 6:15pm, first session on 27th July.

Before participating in a club sea swim session you must have completed an In Case of Emergency (ICE) form (available on this page or on the club documents tab) and read the accompanying advice notes issued by the club. You must also sign the attendance register at every session before entering the sea and sign out immediately on leaving the water.

The club will provide a volunteer Beach Watch Officer who will administer the attendance register at the water edge, please volunteer on the rota for this position. We may also provide a kayak patrol at the discretion of the Lead Officer, this is not a rescue service, but provides a barrier between the swimmers and any passing craft. Please also volunteer for this role if you have suitable sea kayak experience. We may also provide a Beach Patrol on busy sessions which is also on the rota.

Please attend and listen to the safety briefing which will be given 5-minutes before each session. All participants are strongly encouraged to wear a yellow club swim hat (£3) so you can be identified in the water. Spare hats are available upon request.

Our sea swims are not coached, but they do give us a chance to practice open water swimming in a much safer environment. These sessions are not suitable for non swimmers wishing to learn to swim.

Be safe! We don’t recommend open water swimming far offshore alone!

For all enquiries about the club sea swimming sessions please contact


Portsmouth Triathletes Notice of Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Portsmouth Triathletes club will be held on:

Friday 16 April 2021 at 1900 hours
(deferred from November 2020)

The meeting will be held online using Zoom details of which will be sent out with the club newsletter.

In response to the pandemic in 2020 the AGM was rescheduled from November 2020 to April 2021 in the anticipation we would be able to meet in person. Given the continued challenges during this pandemic it is agreed the AGM will go ahead virtually on 16 April 2021.

The meeting is convened for the following purposes:

  1. To receive the reports of the Management Committee Officers and Members and the accounts for the year ended September 2020.
  2. To review and approve updated Constitution and Privacy policy
  3. To elect or re-appoint to the following Officer positions of the club and committee members

Officers of the club
Welfare Officer
Covid Officer

Committee members
Membership Secretary, Triathlon Development Co-ordinator, Communications Co-ordinator, Coaching and Training Co-ordinator, Social Secretary, Junior Section Co-ordinator, Events Manager, Swimming Co-ordinator

The quorum for AGM’s is ten per cent of adult members. Members who are unable to attend the AGM can notify the Secretary within 7 days of the AGM and nominate a proxy vote. One member can have a maximum of 5 proxy votes. Proxy votes will count towards the quorum of ten percent. Any member using proxy vote who then choses to join the meeting, can not vote again.

The election of Officers and Committee members will take place at the AGM only existing members (over 18 years) have the right to vote at the AGM. Current members of the club may make nominations for the Committee posts to be elected at the AGM.

This must be done by sending the nominees name, the post for which they are nominated and the names of both the proposer and seconder to the Club Secretary

Please do not nominate people to Committee posts without their express agreement. This should be received no later than Wednesday 14th April 2021; nominations are welcome for all positions.

If you have any other business that you feel is relevant to the AGM, then please note that this should be submitted for consideration to the Secretary, by e-mail, at least three days before the meeting.

Dated 1st March 2021 Secretary Portsmouth Triathletes


Message from your Coaches

We just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for supporting us during this crazy time, we have really enjoyed seeing you at all the ZOOM sessions we have been running.

We will however be taking a break during Aug / September, but we just wanted to reassure you that they will be back in the autumn, both the Turbo sessions and S&C.

Also Horizon have advised that very soon we will be able to resume our Wednesday evening swimming sessions, albeit in a very socially distanced Covid-19 way.

As soon as I have a definite start date I will let you know. The numbers will be limited and it will be pre-book / pre-pay only.

Lesley Quiney – Triathlon Coach and Swim Co-ordinator


Hello Everyone,

Like me, I’m sure that many of you have been tracking the progress on COVID-19 restrictions and amendments to Government regulations.

The loosening on exercise rules will be widely welcomed and it will give a much needed additional outlet for those of us feeling a little cabin feverish.

Although you will have noted the tantalising mention of the return to open water swimming we need to be clear that as a British Triathlon Club we will not be able to provide any endorsed or supported swim activities until our governing body has made it clear that we can do so; this is not likely whilst social distancing measures remain in place.
During this period where BTF is not supporting open water activities we will also request that members refrain from posting details around organising and conducting swims – this will keep us on the right side of our governing body. Unfortunately, any posts that deviate from this will be removed from the club page. There is no objection to posting personally, or on other groups, but we can’t currently be seen to endorse it.

While our club activities can’t take place I’m sure many of you will be returning to the ocean deep, so a reminder. Even though all club swims are conducted “at your own risk” it is always as part of a community, with an element of overwatch. If you do choose to return to the open water please remember that you will need to make a full assessment of the conditions and consideration of your own ability, whilst maintaining social distancing; we know what a challenging place to swim the Solent can be and it would be easy to become complacent with it on our doorstop and a regular feature of our lives.

You can find some more useful information and perspective from BTF HERE and a Covid19 Guide for Open Water Swimmers  HERE

However you choose to enjoy the limited relaxations and enjoy your exercise, stay safe, stay alert, stay smiley.

Alex Higgins


Ladies and Gents,

I’m sure you are more than aware of the current set of unprecedented international circumstances and the impact this is having on almost all aspects of our lives – even triathlon!!

Following the release of updated advice from the British Triathlon Federation that can be found at the link below there is a recommendation to cease all face-to-face club activities, this includes group coaching sessions, meetings, and events.…

This obviously means that there will be a significant change to our club training programme, but fear not, your coaches are innovative and are looking at ways to keep you entertained and enthused as much as we can. Jo Lovell has proven the virtual spin session concept tonight and we will look to utilise this app for other coaching discussions and training sessions over the coming weeks. Andy Elder has also posted about making the club turbo trainers available for those who can’t otherwise join in.
Where the restrictions still permit training to take place we will also post the planned sessions up so that you train independently where possible.
The App you will need for future spinning and other sessions will be Zoom –…/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307

The restrictions will obviously impact our ability to conduct the Goodwood Duathlon and we are currently in discussion with the venue to establish what can be done to reschedule and once we have a firm understanding of the future of the event we will send out an email to all entrants to clarify the details and the options available.

In addition due to the postponement of many events to the end of the year, we have made the decision to cancel the Portsmouth Triathlon this year. This is to avoid the overcrowding of events and to allow our members the opportunity to take part in other events. An email has already gone out to all entrants.

Obviously the most important aspect here is to stay fit and healthy so that you can enjoy any remaining events and stay in great shape when the racing calendar does eventually restart in earnest. Please pay attention to Government advice and obviously it goes without saying that social distancing is far easier to achieve if you can swim, bike, run faster than those around you (Zombieland rule 1 – Cardio).

Look out for those around you, look after yourselves, look out for notifications on FB for further information.

Alex Higgins